Get close to the sea with photos and tips to design your ideal sleeping space.
Writer: Bradley Nesbitt
1 of 25Photo: Dominique Vorillon
Tradition with a Twist
Give a classic Chesterfield sofa a twist with striped linen instead of stodgy leather. It lightens the mood and adds oomph to the room’s focal point—the bed!
2 of 25Photo: David Tsay
Surf and Slumber
Turn a favorite memory into a piece of art by printing a beachy photo on canvas. To turn it into a focal point, keep the rest of the room simple with muted tones and textures.
3 of 25Photo: David Tsay
Bring home the laid-back luxury of island life by mixing exotic prints like the suzani pillow and Caribbean quilt. Woven accents—from the ceiling fan to the bed—lend a hint of rustic charm to even the most modern of spaces.
4 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
Simulate a water view without the ocean by bringing in items reminiscent of the beach: sea grass, driftwood textures, sandy neutrals, and sea blues.
5 of 25Photo: Jonny Valiant
Take a Second Nook
This boat galley has a cozy sleeping nook with built-in storage and a hidden trundle below for sleepover guests, maximizing limited space while displaying trinkets collected from travels.
6 of 25Photo: William Abranowicz
Never underestimate the power of simplicity. Whitewashed boards, linen curtains, a white duvet, and a soothing quilt create a quaint and quiet getaway.
7 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
For an updated take on classic nautical decor, try a ticking stripe that varies in width, as opposed to the perfectly proportional norm. Industrial light fixtures feel like hardware found on a boat.
8 of 25Photo: Tria Giovan
Blue and White Delight
Stripes, checks, and plaids never go out of style. But just because they’re classic doesn’t mean they have to be predictable! Try a bold geometric print, like this railroaded pattern on the curtains, for contrast.
9 of 25Photo: J. Savage Gibson
For a budget-friendly alternative to printed wallpaper, use a stencil with your favorite beach motif. Linear headboards upholstered in nubby grasscloth provide a masculine element to the interiors.
10 of 25Photo: Annie Schlechter
Nothing says “take me to the islands” quite like a retro coral print. The sculptural headboard adds punch, while a woven-grass wallpaper keeps the room from being busy.
11 of 25Photo: John M. Hall
Take your cue from the view. Bring the outdoors in by imitating the colors of the sea and sky. This blue-and-white color scheme lends a natural, laid-back feel to help balance the sweet fabrics.
12 of 25Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Use sheer, lightweight curtains to keep the airy effect going from the beach to the bedroom. A neutral color palate has a barely-there feeling that won’t take the wind out of your sails.
13 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
Downplay interior colors and fabrics to keep all eyes at sea. The wall color seamlessly blends with the sky, while the white bedding echoes distant clouds.
14 of 25Photo: Lisa Romerein
In the Buff
The au naturel color palette makes this bedroom feel open and spacious. Sea grass and metallics sprinkled throughout give it the extra oomph needed for a statement-making pad.
15 of 25Photo: Colleen Duffley
Choose bold paint colors for graphic impact. To avoid overkill and create continuity, try a two-tone effect: Vary different shades of the same color in elements around the room.
16 of 25Photo: Tria Giovan
Bamboo accents give the room just enough coastal feel without looking like a scene straight out of South Pacific. Organic materials create a rustic yet decidedly polished look.
17 of 25Photo: Roger Davies
Carving out space for a pair of twin beds maximizes square footage by cutting into the retaining wall. Bright punches or colors in saturated hues add extra wattage to this guest room.
18 of 25Photo: J. Savage Gibson
Surf and Turf
Woven grass-cloth walls set the tone for a texture-rich hideaway. Driftwood, bamboo, and linen are echoed throughout this bedroom to add depth and dimension to the rain forest color palette.
19 of 25Photo: Dominique Vorillon
Think outside the box in terms of color. Sticking with one family allows you to experiment with a mix of bold geometrics, classic stripes, and feminine florals. Establish variety with different textures using fabric wallcoverings, natural-fiber rugs, and rustic furnishings to add richness and depth.
20 of 25Photo: J. Savage Gibson
Don’t be afraid to be inspired by your surroundings―the ocean is the perfect place to draw from with serene blues and whites. Be loyal to one color so you can layer floral, geometric, and batik fabrics while maintaining the serenity of the sea.
21 of 25Photo: Brian Vanden Brink
Twist on Tradition
Nauseated from a nautical overdose? Change up the typical red, white, and blue color palette with muted corals and gray-blues for a chic-at-sea look. White anchors the room and gives the printed fabrics that extra pop.
22 of 25Photo: Philip Clayton-Thompson
Look for reclaimed antiques to serve a second purpose, like this damaged mantel that was converted into the headboard. Maximize small spaces by scrapping bedside tables and installing sconces for nighttime reading.
23 of 25Photo: Richard Leo Johnson
Get the same lazy summer days look by scouring flea markets for vintage finds such as mirrors, old windows, and cabinet doors to lend a sense of history to the room. A new coat of seafoam-green paint freshens furnishings and enhances the coastal vibe.
24 of 25Photo: Paul Whicheloe
Colors and bold prints aren’t the only way to spice up your pad. Use textures, like the woven sea-grass rug, and structural forms, like the chairs and stool, to create visual interest―and extra seating. A basket is a budget-friendly solution when your decorating funds start to dwindle.
25 of 25Photo: Jean Allsopp
An all-white palette accented with delicate shades of sea blue give accessories a chance to shine. Oyster-embellished mirrors and coral-print pillows make this room as serene as the sea.